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Travel guides or Travel blogs is something I have mentioned a couple of times before on the travelsandmore Facebook page. I’m a sucker for a big fat 300 page Lonely Planet. I’ve never met one traveller who isn’t. Whether you love Rough Guides or Footprints Travel Guides or like me, will always be a lover of Lonely Planet you just can’t beat getting lost in a a good travel guide book, but are they enough?
Are travel blogs more reliable than travel guide books? This is why travel blogs are the best travel guides
TRAVEL HACKS – WHY TRAVEL BLOGS ARE THE BEST TRAVEL GUIDES
I love Lonely Planet, I can’t help it. There’s nothing more satisfying than opening a big fat 500 pager packed with information on a new destination you’re planning a visit to. But since starting my travel blog journey and getting closer to the travel blogger community I started to think about a few things. Are travel blogs better than travel guides?
Even before I was travelling I was reading travel blogs. I love photographs and feeling like I’m really in the moment. Travel guides are amazing when you’re sat on your sofa and you really want to learn some facts or swot up on what areas to stay or figure out where the South Terminal Bus Station is.
First of all they are travel guides are subjective and not in the same way travel blogs are. Of course, all opinions are subjective but travel guides are a censored kind of subjective. Someone high up in production and branding at Lonely Planet gets to decide whether or not their writers can say something. Is it too taboo? Will it sound distasteful? Is it off brand?
It doesn’t get any more real than an individuals emotion driven desire to write about ‘The best hostel in Bangkok’ or ‘The best TukTuk driver in all of India’. Now to me, that is why travel blogs will always be greater than travel guides. But I guess that’s why the two differ and finding the perfect balance between your sources of information. Fact vs. Opinion, Travel Guide vs. Travel Blog is the right way to go about planning your travels in future.
It’s always a great feeling knowing that even when I’m not exploring someone else is and that feeling of living vicariously through someone else’s adventure experiences.
Nomadic Matt and Globetrottergirls prepared us for what to expect in Central America. I stumbled upon several other incredible travel blogs whilst looking for bus timetables and border crossing information leading up to our Latin America Trip.
There’s something exhilarating about reading the words of another and knowing you’ll be enjoying that same experience. It’s also amazing what you on travel blogs find when you’re not really looking for anything specific.
I guess my love of travel blogs is what initially made me want to start documenting my travels and blogging to begin with. I always liked the thought of a journal type travel blog that I can always go back to and read when I’m feeling nostalgic.
But I really love the idea that as a random behind a keyboard I could help or influence someone else’s travel plans and the real-time aspect of blogging always means there’s new and fresh insights available somewhere online.
It’s just an opinion and as I’ve said before most travel writing is, opinions are subjective but these are the reasons for me that travel blogs are the best travel guides.
A 20-something travel blogger based in Liverpool. Covering all things from Latin America to Liverpool local guides and everything in between.